In this moment of crisis, the camera pans over the faces of many key characters revealing a crew that includes men and women of many racial backgrounds. This is typical of BSG — the show represents a society that has "gotten over" race. However, the show can only illustrate that race "doesn't matter" by having a racially diverse crew; the audience can only read that diversity as significant because it recognizes racial difference. Does racial diversity end up signifying futurity the way technology also does? How does the varying degrees of character development further or compromise this representation of a society "without race?" And what does that mean in a show that is, on another level, very much about group-difference and hostility between humans and Cylons? The anxiety in this clip is caused by the appearance of an "unknown" ship and is relieved when the ship turns out to be, not hostile other, but friendly self. We later find out, of course, that the Pegasus is not exactly friendly and not exactly like Battlestar Galactica. Is it a coincidence that the Pegasus crew is not as racially diverse? If diversity and "tolerance" are marks of Battlestar Galactica, how are racial ideas and anxieties displaced onto the ultimate Other, the Cylons? In the series, the greatest anxiety attaches to the "miscegenated" cylons who have human form. What do we make of the anxiety, fear, and desire which they arouse? And I use the word arouse intentionally as the two most developed Cylon characters, Number 6 and Sharon Valerii, are both female, very attractive, and romantically involved with humans in some way. Are these female Cylons bridges between the two groups, are they "La Malinche" characters (see wikipedia), or something else entirely?